Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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January 21st, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

During its debut weekend, "Mama" nabbed top spot in box office rankings. The eerie movie brought in $28,123,000. After their mother's death, two little girls vanish without a trace. Five years later, searchers discover the sisters living alone in a decrepit cabin. Lily and Victoria go to live with their uncle, but the transition to normal life is difficult with a dark, mysterious threat lurking around every corner. The horror film has a PG-13 rating for terror, violence, disturbing images, and thematic elements.

"Broken City" earned $9 million during its first weekend in theaters. Billy Taggart forms a powerful friendship when he agrees to carry out dirty work for Nicholas Hostetler, the mayor of New York City. As Taggart slowly begins to realize the true implications of the job, he wonders if he has the courage to challenge the mayor's authority. The R rating is due to mature content, violence, and language.

"The Last Stand" brought in $6,300,000 during the weekend. When a drug kingpin escapes from the FBI and heads for the border, he expects to run into resistance. What the notorious criminal does not realize is that he is heading right into the territory of Ray Owens, an ex-cop with a dark past and a lot to prove. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the action film, which has an R rating for language and strong bloody violence.

Continuing Films

"Zero Dark Thirty" continues to perform well in theaters, adding earnings of $17,600,000 to its overall profits of more than $55 million. Maya is a CIA officer who works relentlessly to find invaluable information that could lead to the capture of Osama bin Laden. With time running out and her superiors growing more impatient, Maya starts to wonder how far she will go to get the information she needs. Her decisions may come back to haunt her. "Zero Dark Thirty" has an R rating for language and disturbing images.

Following Oscar buzz, "Silver Linings Playbook" landed in third place in box office rankings, bringing in $11,351,000. Since its original release, the film has earned more than $55 million. After a stint in a psychiatric facility, Pat returns to find that his life has changed. Now living with his parents, Pat sets out to pick up the pieces of his life. He strikes up a friendship with a young woman who is also struggling to make things right, but the friendship might come at a cost. The smart romantic comedy has an R rating for mature content, nudity, and language.

"Gangster Squad" saw $9,110,000 in box office returns this weekend. Since its release, the film has earned more than $32 million. When Bill Parker assembles a team of police officers and detectives to put an end to Mickey Cohen's reign of terror, he knows they may have to break a few rules. Before the fight is over, they may break more than anyone expects. "Gangster Squad" is rated R for violence and language.

With weekend profits of $8,330,000, "A Haunted House" now has total profits of more than $29 million. Malcolm and Kisha move into a gorgeous new house, but before they have a chance to enjoy the new neighborhood, Kisha ends up targeted by a malevolent spirit. Malcolm will go to any lengths to save his wife, but he runs into one hilarious obstacle after another. The comedic horror spoof has an R rating for mature content, language, and drug use.

Movies to DVD

"End of Watch" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 22. Brian is a young police officer, patrolling the streets of Los Angeles with his partner, Mike. Brian films their daily grind as part of a creative project, but his camera ends up capturing a tense life-or-death conflict between Brian and Mike and a relentless local drug cartel. Strong violence, disturbing images, language, and drug use all contribute to the film's R rating.

"For A Good Time, Call" follows the lives of two young women who turn to unconventional means to earn money for their steep New York rent. Lauren and Katie are former enemies who end up living together out of necessity. When the two roommates hit hard times, they venture into the world of phone sex. What begins as a way to earn some income turns out to be surprisingly lucrative venture. The raunchy comedy has an R rating for drug use, language, and mature content throughout.

"The Paperboy" is available on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. After a man ends up on death row and his actual guilt is in question, two brothers set out to investigate the case. When the younger brother develops a crush on a seductive local woman, the plot thickens. The R rating is due to graphic mature content, language, and violence.